08.14.2018 | TOP PICKS Daily Shirt Designs

Design reviews and links below. Stars 19806showing_smallout of 5

Luck of the Lion

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Thank you, Vincent Van Pixel!

Nightmare in Black and White



Thank You Demented!


Quirk Collection


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Thank You Vincent Trinidad!



Mutant Series



Thank You Soulkr!


Concept – a general notion or idea

Render – to represent, depict, as in drawing or painting, the ability or skill to represent an idea using an image

Composition – the act of combining parts or elements to form a whole. The manner of being composed; structure.

Color – overall color palette. The quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light; saturation or chroma; hue.

Line work – Quality of lines produced, variety or contrast of thickness, clean, or expressive.

Typography – The art or process of expression through type and letter forms.

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Phoenix | Digital Illustration


Phoenix | Digital Illustration

Digital illustration of the X-Men Phoenix

Coloring page for this illustration available on my Gumroad shop
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03.03.2016 | TOP PICKS Daily Shirt Designs

Hey guys! TeeFury knows what they’re doing! Another awesome collection, Strong Females from now until March 10! In addition to the collection they also have up for today only an awesome Alice in Wonderland design.


03.03.2016 | Strong Females – TeeFury Collection

Here’s a list of my Faves! Yes, I have reviewed some of these designs already. Click on the links to view

Together Again by Chriswithata

Totes Magotes by Ellador

All available designs by DoOomcat

Apocalips by Emilie_B (one of my FAVORITE artist)

So Then Call Jen! by boltfromtheblue (I love She Hulk!!!)

Tales From the Wasteland by JBaz

X-Ladies by Glen Brogan

Femme Fatale by Nszerdy

Don’t Torture Yourself by MedusaD (one of my FAVORITE artist, love her!!!)

Hello Kitty by TimShumate (one of my FAVORITE artist- I feel like more of his designs should be available on this collection)

Fiery Thanksgiving by Bamboota (one of my FAVORITE artist)



03.03.2016 | Wonderful Wonderland

This cute design reminds me a little of the Candy Land board game.

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Thank You, Nszerdy!


09/23/2014 Top Picks – Daily Shirt Designs


09/23/14 Top Pick; Attack on Asgard

star Composition –  Wonderful use of the flying cape and bright ground to balance the bright moon in the sky.

star Lines and Forms – Nice articulation of Thor’s figure and the mountains above.

Thank You DJKopet

Buy This Shirt! Attack on Asgard


09/23/14 Top Pick; Red Skull Whisky

star Composition – Wonderfully basic, balanced composition. The wheat stalks create a nice detail for the frame.

star Color Scheme – I really enjoy this warm antique color combination.

Thank You ccourts1

Buy This Shirt! Red Skull Whisky 


09/23/14 Top Pick; Attack on the Future

star Composition – I really enjoy the beam of light which nicely unites the top half to the bottom half of the composition.

star Color Scheme – Wonderful use of bright reds and purples to really give the almost monotone foreground perspective.

Thank You Six Eyed Monster

Buy This Shirt! Attack on the Future


09/23/14 Top Pick; KroolAid

star Color Scheme – Wonderful mix of warm and cool tones.

star Lines and Forms – Wonderfully bold and stylized.

Thank You BreastWreck

Buy This Shirt! KroolAid

08/10/2014 Top Pick – Daily Shirt Designs

Ninja Turtles Weekend!!!

Of course I went to watch this movie. Okay… okay… I know it seemed kind of lame, but I enjoyed it!


At first I didn’t know if I really wanted to go watch this film in the theater. The trailer seemed interesting, but I didn’t know how I felt about the crazy looking cgi Turtles and the whole Megan Fox/Michael Bay baggage. My husband convinced me to go being that he’s a lifelong fan and it was his birthday weekend.

To be honest, while watching the movie I was so wrapped up with the action and their individual personalities that I completely looked past how weird they looked. I also surprisingly didn’t mind Megan Fox too much. She is a very attractive actress and I was very happily surprised they didn’t try to exploit it (outside of Mikey’s crush on her). She wore plain jeans, a tee, and the same awesome yellow leather jacket throughout the whole movie (laundry must be easy)! Each Ninja Turtle had their own awesome personality and I loved how they bickered back and forth like brothers do. They actually reminded me of my cousins, so they definitely embodied the “Teenage” portion of the Ninja Turtles to the best of my knowledge; I haven’t really encountered any other kind of Ninja Turtles, mutant or otherwise!

I think Donatello was probably my favorite of the Turtles. He had an endearing nerdy personality that appealed to me. OMG was Shredder scary! His armor was amazing and terrifying. I think I got cut just looking at all those blades :p. I also really enjoyed the relationship between Splinter and the Turtles. His fight scene with Shredder was probably my favorite. You could tell he was a father protecting his children and he wasn’t just their master.

All and all 2 radical thumbs up!


Here are some Awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shirt design available now:


Armorer Savagery


Ancient Ninja Xenomorphs


Ninja Kame


Turtle Portal




I’m a Ninja




Ninja Cowboys


Party Dude


Sistine Sewer


The Green Ninjas


Turtle Face


Turtle Family Crest


Turtle Road

5/24/2014 – 5/25/2014 X-Men Weekend!

X-Men: Days of Future Past Weekend!


Let me start off by saying unlike Godzilla, I have seen every X-Men movie including the Wolverine films. This mini-review/brain dump may include spoilers for all six previous movies. Also, I have no other X-Men experience such as comics or cartoons so my mutant knowledge is limited to the movies only. Fair warning!

My excitement leading up to Days of Future Past has not been a secret for those who know me. It started with the first trailer that was released and I was excited at the prospect of: another X-Men movie, both the new and old cast coming together, time travel, and all the cool new mutants. The idea of James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart playing young and old Xavier seemed like such a fun concept and likewise for Magneto with Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen. My excitement built up even more when I saw the movie posters portraying Xavier and Magneto, both young and old through the X cut across their faces. My only worry was that the movie might not live up to my lofty X-pectations…


I guess 7 really is a lucky number because this movie is all kinds of awesome! I really enjoyed First Class and the early X-Men movies and this movie is a perfect mash-up of both. We begin with a Sentinel assault on the mutant rebels which looks like it came straight from the pages of a comic book. We are introduced to some new and familiar faces. Of the new mutants, Blink really caught my eye with her awesome portal wielding power. The concept of time travel is introduced to us with a familiar mutant, Kitty Pryde, as she transfers Bishop’s mind into his body a few days in the past. Immediately, all the mutants disappear because as we learn, Bishop has warned the rebels of the attack in the past and has therefore prevented it from happening. I’m not sure where Kitty received this power as it is not explained, and as far as I know, her power is limited to the ability to phase through objects. Even though the origin of this technique is not revealed, the rules are clearly established for the purposes of the film. It was nice knowing the rules because each movie featuring time travel has its own set.

Next, we have the rebels teaming up with Xavier, Wolverine, and the rest of the X-Men. Strikingly, Magneto is with them as well. You know shit has hit the fan if Xavier and Magneto are back on the same team! In this future, mutants have been hunted to the point of extinction as well as any human who might produce mutant offspring. We learn that Xavier has a plan to stop this mutant apocalypse from ever occurring. If only there was a mutant whose mind could survive being sent back in time fifty years… Wolverine, you’re up bub! While he might not seem like the best candidate to convince Xavier and Magneto to work together in the past, the audience is most deeply invested with Hugh Jackman’s character. He’s been in six of the seven movies (including his two solo movies) and even has a cameo in First Class (which is referenced later in the film). I’m not complaining at all, I love Hugh Jackman! What I’m saying is, the Wolverine character doesn’t strike me as the level-headed, leadership type we might need in the past. What he does have in his favor, however, is indominable determination and a (rocking) body in the 70’s.

Skip forward a bit after Wolverine teams up with Xavier and Beast. Young Magneto is imprisoned at the Pentagon and the team needs some help to bust him out. Here we are introduced to another new mutant, Quicksilver! His scenes are some of my favorite in the film and he brings the comedic relief to the movie. I really enjoyed his “time in a bottle” scene where he single-handedly dispatches a room of armed guards during the prison breakout. It’s a great moment of levity in the film that is full of heavy themes such as racial discrimination, national security, and human (mutant) rights. It’s a shame he isn’t featured more in the movie, but maybe he would have undermined the serious tone of the movie.

Okay, so I now I’m going to start gushing over J Law and her incredible portrayal as the shape-shifting villain, Mystique. The character seems to have adopted Magneto’s ruthless agenda all the way and is on a warpath of revenge. Not only has she adopted Magneto’s mutant first cause, she does a great job imitating his James Bond, international espionage act from First Class. Jennifer Lawrence kicks complete ass busting out mutants in Vietnam, seducing a Vietnamese General and assuming his identity at the cease-fire, and her relentless pursuit of Boliver Trask (Peter Dinklage). I really enjoy seeing a strong, independent female acting out of her own will, even though her role is temporarily the villain of the film. She does’t need Magneto or Xavier to accomplish her goals. In fact, it is this struggle against what the men in her life want that causes her disenfranchisement with the mutant cause and blinds her to the consequences of her actions.

I have a few thoughts on Peter Dinklage’s performance but I don’t have a great transition so here we go! First of all, the word dwarf was never used in the movie (if I remember correctly). Amongst all these mutants, Trask’s diminutive body seemed downright ordinary. In our world, it’s great to see the progress Hollywood has been able to make because of Dinklage’s success on Game of Thrones. I’m sure if this movie was made even just five years ago, Dinklage wouldn’t have even been considered. It’s a nice parallel to the struggle of the mutants in the film and the real world progress Dinklage is making. Okay, back to the movie. We learn that the exact event that causes the Sentinel-enforced martial law of the future is his assassination at the hands of Mystique. Trask has a fear (even a respect) at the power of the mutants which he believes are so different from humankind. He even goes so far as to classify them as something besides homo-sapiens (I forget the word). It’s interesting that someone with his condition would fear that which is different, rather than embrace it. It’s a cautionary characterization that even the oppressed  can act out of fear and hate as well.

Now that Wolverine and Xavier have Magneto in tow, it’s time to stop Mystique. Only, as usual, they have very different ideas about how to accomplish this. Magneto shows his true colors with an all-out assault on Mystique in broad daylight. It takes a combined effort to stop him and Magneto departs on his new quest, to repurpose the Sentinels and destroy anyone who opposes mutants. It seems that even though Trask’s assassination has been thwarted, the future is still unchanged. Some new event must lead humanity to act out of fear and hate with the Sentinel project.

Cut forward a little bit and you have 3 factions. Xavier and Wolverine fighting for the future and peace, Magneto’s quest for mutant domination, and Mystique who just wants revenge against Trask. Rewind a bit, we’re never shown on-screen, but Mystique discovers files in Trask’s office that implicates him in the murder of the other members of Magneto’s Brotherhood (Emma Frost, Azazel, etc.). Mystique is solely acting out of hate and vengeance. Catching a theme here? Now, at the climax of the movie, all three converge at the White House. It seems there is to be a demonstration of the Sentinels. All hell breaks lose as Magneto has airlifted a local stadium to engulf the White House and plans to kill the President and Trask for a televised audience! At the same time, Mystique has disguised as a security guard and infiltrated the demonstration as well. Xavier shows up in time to block her actions telepathically but there is nothing he can do to stop Magneto. Xavier’s hold on Mystique is released when he is pinned under some rubble from Magneto’s air drop. At this point, Mystique and Magneto duke it out. Well, it’s actually rather one-sided because Mystique kicks his butt! It is at this point of the film, where Mystique is finally released from the shackles of Xavier and Magneto that she is free to act out of her own will. Xavier imparts one final message, of love for a girl he regards as a sister and that he was wrong to control her. This message of love and to act out of compassion is a powerful one. Mystique is given her chance at revenge, to act out of hatred and fear, and refuses. It is a powerful message and a great lesson we all can learn.

During the fray, Wolverine has been thrown from the site and submerged underwater, not knowing the outcome. He awakens, unaware to his surroundings or time. It seems he has landed in Xavier’s School, surrounded by the present students and faculty. To my surprise and utter delight, this includes those who had previously fallen in Last Stand! It was great to see Jean and Scott again. The movie had done the improbable, not only had it saved the future, it had fixed the past by creating a brand-new timeline! This is perhaps the most exciting aspect of the film. A clean slate to work with for future sequels! We can forget about the awful X3 and tell new stories without the shackles of seven movies of twisted X-Men canon and warped timeline.

There is an after credits scene, and thanks to my husband, I know who it featured. We see a hooded figure using some sort of power to construct pyramids and a large crowd of humans worshipping him. Apparently, it is the original mutant, Apocalypse. A quick IMDB search shows the next movie will feature this villain in X-Men: Apocalypse. It looks like that movie will give us the First Class cast as opposed to the original. If that’s the case, the ending is bittersweet as we will not see the original cast again most likely. Either way, this movie left me very excited for what’s to come and I can’t wait!

05/16/2014 Top 3 Picks – Daily Shirt Designs


05/16/14 Top 3 Pick; All Work and No Play…

Instead of the infamous “Here’s Johnny!” scene from The Shining, we have a another significant scene depicted straight from the film. Jack Torrance is watching his family outside the hotel with a 1,000-yard stare. You begin to see his descent into madness. I enjoy how Jack Nickolson is portrayed in detail using small blocks of text. The blocks of text create a disturbed, heather texture due to the small positive and negative spaces. It creates visual static of noise which justly fits the demented state of Jack Torrance in The Shining. I love the font selected for the type. It is a typewriter machine style font. I can almost hear Jack’s insane click click click of his repetitive typing “All work no play makes Jack a dull boy”.

Thank You bennygraphix

Buy This Shirt! All Work and No Play…


05/16/14 Top 3 Pick; This is MY Room!

Super cute design. This little man is ready to defend his territory from what goes bump in the night. He heroically holds up his sword ready to attack, but also holds on tight to his teddy bear companion. I love how the artist makes that doorway glow! By using the bright green and blues as an outline around the figures and door they almost magically pop off the screen. The artist also nicely varies the thick thin ratio of the figure to give them more or less light, adding dimension and shape to the characters.

Thank You Patrickspens

Buy This Shirt! This is MY Room!


05/16/14 Top 3 Pick; X-Ten

I remember not too long ago, going to the movie theater and falling in love with the new X-Men: Days of Future Past movie posters. The poster and concept were striking and I also greatly enjoy the X-Men movies. It also doesn’t hurt that I love James McAvoy! This idea also nicely translates for Dr. Who. This is a wonderful combination of  both Doctors. Having one face appear within another face nicely depicts transformation. It also nicely shows the change in time period of an individual being. I also love how appealing and enthralling the bright blue monotones in dynamic angles appear on top of the grayscale image.


Buy This Shirt! X-Ten





There are 6 Awesome ZEROBRIANT shirts available this week at  Blue Box Tees!


“Red Lizard” –  ZEROBRIANT shirt available this week at Once Upon A Tee!


“Touch Darkness” – ZEROBRIANT shirt available this week at Zebra Tees!


Also Design By Humans is matching Zerobriant Designs Fan Page‘s royalties for the remainder of May to raise money for his surgery.

Help keep this awesome artist designing by checking out his DBH Store here – http://bit.ly/ZeroBriantFB

05/02/2014 Top 3 Picks – Daily Shirt Designs


05/02/14 Top 3 Pick; Bamfperture

It’s Kurt Wagner, otherwise known as “The Amazing Nightcrawler”! This blue-skinned mutant looks perfectly at home teleporting through one of these Portals. No Aperture Science hardware required! His dark skin and outfit are nicely rendered out of the black negative space. Simple blue highlights accent his skin while the red trim with white hands complete the figure’s outline. His bottom half hanging out the bottom of the other portal is nicely highlighted in orange with the red bottom trim and white feet. I very much enjoy the composition of the design. I like that the figure seems to pop out of the top center portal, while his bottom half is in a position where  it can’t possibly be connected, unless  maybe you’re a contortionist!

Thank You Chemabola8

Buy This Shirt! Bamfperture


05/02/14 Top 3 Pick; D.T.

SPOILER ALERT! Daenerys Targaryen (D.T.) has three dragons! Okay, so hopefully that wasn’t a spoiler, but seeing her ride Drogon sure is! She is accompanied by his brothers, Viserion and Rhaegal. They seem to be taking a midnight path-of-destruction flight. The cool, white-blue moon is large and appealing and central to the design. The silhouette of the dragons are nicely rendered and highlighted by the light of the large moon. I love how the warmth of the embers seem to come and delineate the tree line.

Thank You Crumble Cookie

Buy This Shirt! D.T.


05/02/14 Top 3 Pick; Game of Clones

Anakin may not be the most honorable (or likable), but he’s doing his best impression of Game of Thrones‘ Eddard Stark. As Darth Vader, he certainly does play the “hand of the king” to Emperor Palpatine. Here’s an interesting thought. Worse leader? Palpatine? Or Joffrey? I really enjoy the glow of the lightsaber dead center. Wonderful use of grays to etch out the scene. His dark outfit and helmet are nicely highlighted by the Stark (see what I did there) white giving it a shine. Interesting and appropriate round window view background. It is cleverly made up of negative space.

Thank You Studown

Buy This Shirt! Game of Clones

04/20/2014 Easter Eggs – Shirt Design Awards 3/9/14 – 4/19/14!

Hello loyal readers and Happy Easter!

Welcome to my “Easter Eggs” design awards. Today I decided to take a break from the daily shirt grind and hand out some individual awards. Over the last month, there have been a ton of amazing shirts! I wanted take a day to recognize those designs that really made me stop and marvel. Think of it like bringing these designs back to life in the spirit of the Easter Holiday! Enjoy!


Category: Best Concept


03/24/14 Top 3 Pick; Boom
Thank You Jimiyo


03/28/14 Top 3 Pick; Biotropolis
Thank You Jak_Gibberish


04/02/14 Top 3 Pick; X-MON
Thank You Harebrained




Jak_Gibberish’s “Biotropolis”


Category: Best Execution


04/11/14 Top 3 Pick; Justice
Thank You Tom Trager


03/12/14 Top 3Pick; Time Lord Comics
Thank You CreativeOutpouring


04/12/2014 Top 3 Pick; Always
Thank You Megan Lara




Tom Trager’s “Justice”


Category: Most Comical


03/21/14 Top 3 Pick; Captain ‘Murica
Thank You TeeTurtle


03/25/14 Top 3 Pick; B is for Blood Sugar
Thank You BustedTees


04/09/14 Top 3 Pick; Shikaka
Thank You Punksthetic




BustedTees’ “B is for Blood Sugar”



Okay, so I was really bummed that these shirts didn’t make the cut or fit into any of my categories. Think of these as my “honorable mentions” if you will. The point is, I really love these shirts and I can’t explain why!


04/13/14 Top 3 Pick; Ice Cream Queen
Thank You MedusaDollmaker


04/18/2014 Top 3 Pick; Ack Ack Ack
Thank You Buzatron


04/03/14 Top 3 Pick; L’Opera Della Diva
Thank You Penguinstein

I want to give a shout out to ALL the designs I’ve had the pleasure of covering since I started this blog. Without creative talent like the artists featured today, my blog would have no reason to exist. Thanks to all the artists, followers, and anyone who has checked out jjlockhARTdesign. Stay tuned for more daily shirt reviews and coming soon, “from website to doorstep” reviews!

04/02/2014 Top 3 Picks- Daily Shirt Designs


04/02/14 Top 3 Pick; X-MON

This must be Professor Oak’s School for Gifted Poketrainers! Pikachu is doing his/her best Storm impression and Squirtle is a perfect fit for the brash, young Bobby Drake (aka Iceman). The different elements are shown in action and a wonderful dynamic composition. Rendered in solid bright colors with bold outlines, the design is captivating.

Thank You Harebrained

Buy This Shirt! X-MON


04/02/14 Top 3 Pick; Charface

As Tony Montana said, “Say goodnight to the bad guy”. Actually, don’t go to bed at all with this creepy mash up! The design contains a very clever tagline combining both subject matter. The high contrast is alarming. The figures bright white knife fingers on the stark black background is intense. Wonderful use of textures, from the scary melting burned face to worn, ragged sweater.

Thank You Mephias

Buy This Shirt! Charface


04/02/14 Top 3 Pick; Free Gyarados

Remember all those hours you’d spend grinding your Magikarp knowing it would all be worth it in the end? You’d get the awesome Gyrados for all your trouble and that definitely felt like a whale of a challenge! Epic dynamic composition. This design contains a wonderful upward motion due to the wave and side spray. The creature captures most of the attention by being portrayed in detail over the simple figure in silhouette.

Thank You ADHO1982

03/26/2014 Top 3 Picks- Daily Shirt Designs


03/26/14 Top 3 Pick; Back to the Future Past

Looks like Logan is about to head back in time to save us all, 88 mph style! I think it’s safe to say the future is in worse shape than the Earth’s gravitational pull – heavy! Don’t pass off on this shirt. Offered in tahiti blue, charchoal, and silver I enjoy the blue option most. Visually, I enjoy the warm tones againt the cool blues. Pleasant color block shapes and bold shading in a wonderful bubble composition. Interesting selection of the artist to protray Wolverine as the comic book version, rather than the live-action Hugh Jackman. This decision lends beautifully to positioning the figure in a similar pose to Marty with his hands on his head looking down at the time.

Thank You Strongstuff

Buy This Shirt! Back to the Future Past


03/26/14 Top 3 Pick; Another Titan in The Wall

“All in all we’re just another brick in Wall Rose“. Well, maybe that’s not the exact lyric but it fits this clever design! Something tells me these Titans wouldn’t care too much for pudding but would certainly eat their share of meat (human that is). Awesome white shirt design! While not very common, the design does a nice job of using the white background. It looks clean with thin delicate lines to represent the bricks of the wall. The warm flesh tones in contrast, appear to peak from the center. The wrinkles on the skinless Titan creates a different texture against the flat white. The use of simple perspective gives the effect that there is a Titan in the wall, behind the bricks and ready to break out from the shirt.

Thank You CatchABrick

Buy This Shirt! Another Titan in The Wall


03/26/14 Top 3 Pick; The Shindig Dress

Shiny! Even nerdy girls can dream, right? Kaylee is a gearhead at heart but that won’t stop her from playing the part! The figure is easily recognized wearing her  jumpsuit and looks ready to play dress-up. The pink dress is wonderfully detailed with many folds and creases. The figure stands in a minimal background, although enough information is given to provide reference. This nicely keeps the focal point on the figure and the dress. The artist creates visual interest by using the mirror to reveal the front of dress and Kaylee’s face.

Thank You Karen Hallion

Buy This Shirt! The Shindig Dress